Signs of Sleep Deprivation in Children


Many children are overwhelmed by the amount of homework and extra curriculum activities that they are not getting enough sleep each day. On top of all of these factors are late night calls or texts from friends, household chores, TV and/or computer games which all amount to children staying up way too late each night.  Since school-aged children need between 9 to 12 hours of sleep, parents must be firm about enforcing bedtimes, create bedtime routines and watching for signs of exhaustion in their children.

  • Infants 4 to 12 months old: 12 to 16 hours (including naps)
  • Kids ages 1 to 2: 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
  • Kids ages 3 to 5: 10 to 13 hours (including naps)
  • Kids ages 6 to 12: 9 to 12 hours
  • Kids ages 13 to 18: 8 to 10 hours

If you believe that your child is not getting enough sleep, watch for these signs that she is not getting the amount of sleep she needs. Your child may be sleep deprived if she:

  1. Has trouble waking up in the morning.
  2. Exhibits irritable behavior.
  3. Seems overly emotional and moody.
  4. Is hyperactive.
  5. Has difficulty concentrating in school.
  6. Has trouble staying awake during the day

If you see any of these signs of sleep deficit in your child, create a healthy bedtime routine, perhaps by using a Sleep Reward Chart to help your child get the amount of rest she needs to be at her best both at home and at school. Our reward charts are visually pleasing and children can keep focused on their achievements (such as staying in bed and getting enough sleep)  We are offering a 15% discount code VCHART15  which can be used on all of our products available on our website

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